Sub-theme 63: Pragmatism and Organizing for Change

Frank Jan de Graaf, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
Anna Rylander Eklund, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Line Revsbæk, Aalborg University, Denmark
Session Time Corridor 1: Thursday, July 08, 08:30 to 12:30, Virtual Conference (EventsAir)
Opening Session + Parallel Paper Sessions 1, 2, & 3 [see times + programs below]
Break 1: 09:00 to 09:15
Break 2: 10:30 to 11:00
Chair: Frank Jan de Graaf, Anna Rylander Eklund & Line Revsbæk
Stela Raytcheva
Peircean pragmatism and phenomenological insights for habit of inclusion
Discussant(s): Alvin Panjeta, Line Revsbæk
Alvin Panjeta
The Many Potentialities of Signs in Action: a Peircean Look at Professional Bureaucracies
Discussant(s): Stela Raytcheva, Line Revsbæk
Emilie Lanciano and Silvène Arnaud-Clemens
Understanding organizations through the lens of care: a pragmatist approach to better take vulnerabilities into account
Discussant(s): Vincent Berthelot, Anne Augustine
Anne Augustine and Barbara Simpson
Diffractive inquiring, or noticing an ethos of caring
Discussant(s): Emilie Lanciano, Vincent Berthelot
Vincent Berthelot
Inclusion as Experience: reconnecting experience to community with John Dewey and the study of a parish community.
Discussant(s): Anne Augustine, Emilie Lanciano
John Tull and Catherine Welch
When templates fail: reconstructing best practice transfer and translation in international organizations using a pragmatist lens
Discussant(s): Richard Puyt, Katie Beavan
Richard Puyt, Frank Jan de Graaf and Gert de Jong
Fit for purpose: Rediscovering the pragmatist roots of SWOT analysis
Discussant(s): Katie Beavan, John Tull
Katie Beavan
All stirred up: Intergenerational leadership transitions, and the uncovering of affective intensities in a family business board meeting
Discussant(s): John Tull, Richard Puyt
08:30–09:00: Opening of the Sub-theme + Practicalities

09:15–10:30: Parallel Paper Session 1 – Contextualising Peircean Semiotics:
Raytcheva; Panjeta; Chair: Line Revsbæk

11:00–12:30: Parallel Paper Session 2 – Care, Ethics and Inclusion:
Lanciano & Arnaud-Clemens; Augustine & Simpson; Berthelot; Chair: Line Revsbæk
11:00–12:30: Parallel Paper Session 3 – Pragmatism and Management Theories:
Tull; Puyt et al.; Beavan; Chair: Anna Rylander Eklund
Session Time Corridor 2: Thursday, July 08, 16:00 to 20:00, Virtual Conference (EventsAir)
Keynote by Karen Golden-Biddle + Informal Open Space Session
Break 1: 17:00 to 19:00
Chair: Line Revsbæk, Anna Rylander Eklund & Frank Jan de Graaf

16:00–17:00: Keynote by Prof. Karen Golden-Biddle: “Pragmatism and Organizing for Change: Some Observations from the Field”
The theme ‘Pragmatism and Organizing for Change’ of this sub-theme implies a doubled organizing: organizing for the conduct of change as well as organizing for the study of the conduct of change. In this talk, I offer some observations for participant consideration about how Pragmatism can shed light on this doubled organizing.

19:00–20:00: Informal Open Space Session – for all sub-theme participants
Session Time Corridor 3: Friday, July 09, 09:00 to 12:30, Virtual Conference (EventsAir)
Parallel Paper Sessions 4, 5, 6, & 7 [see times + programs below]
Break 1: 10:30 to 11:00
Chair: Anna Rylander Eklund, Line Revsbæk & Frank Jan de Graaf
Catherine Casler and Kirstine Zinck Pedersen
Pragmatism without persons? Integrating knowledge, ethics and conduct
Discussant(s): Sari Yli-Kauhaluoma, Benoît Tricard
Benoît Tricard and Philippe Lorino
Sociomateriality or ecological agency? The pragmatist concept of trans-action as the building block of an ecological approach to agency and change
Discussant(s): Cathrine Casler, Sari Yli-Kauhaluoma
Sari Yli-Kauhaluoma and Meri Jalonen
Pursuing an inclusive liveable city: City employees as facilitators of smart city development
Discussant(s): Benoît Tricard, Cathrine Casler
Frido Smulders and Guido Stompff
A Deweyan inquiry. The practitioners guide to the sciences
Discussant(s): David Jarrett, Fabrice L. Cavarretta
Fabrice L. Cavarretta
Scholars laboring through pragmatism: A paradigm lens on management practice and education
Discussant(s): Frido Smulders, David Jarrett
David A. Jarrett
Developing capability in leading organizational change: A perspective from pragmatism
Discussant(s): Frido Smulders, Fabrice L. Cavarretta
David Dahan
Pragmatist conditions fostering value creation in subcontractor relationships
Discussant(s): Boutet Manuel, Simon Oldham
Manuel Boutet and Aura Parmentier Cajaiba
When value chain crashes value proposition: A difficult valuation of eco-friendly products for agriculture
Discussant(s): Simon Oldham, David Dahan
Simon Oldham, Paul L. du Gay and Laura J. Spence
Wicked problems and contested values: A pragmatist stance on small firm value fidelity
Discussant(s): David Dahan, Boutet Manuel
Frithjof E. Wegener
Towards a pragmatist paradigm of organizational design
Discussant(s): Piera Morlacchi, Kristiane Lindland
Piera Morlacchi
Transforming policymaking through action research in the shadow of a neoliberal (policy) world
Discussant(s): Kristiane Lindland, Frithjof E. Wegener
Kristiane Lindland
Lost in translation –Temporal and transactional fallacies in the translation of design thinking into public sector innovation
Discussant(s): Frithjof E. Wegener, Piera Morlacchi
09:00–10:30: Parallel Paper Session 4 – Pragmatism, Agency and Relationality:
Casler; Tricard; Yli-Kauhaluoma & Meri Jalonen; Chair: Line Revsbæk
09:00–10:30: Parallel Paper Session 5 – Practitioners and their Practice:
Smulders; ; Cavarretta; Jarret; Chair: Frank Jan de Graaf

11:00–12:30: Parallel Paper Session 6 – Complexity and Value Chains:
Dahan; Boutet & Parmentier Cajaiba; Oldham et al.; Chair: Frank Jan de Graaf
11:00–12:30: Parallel Paper Session 7 – Pragmatist Ideas and Generative Change:
Wegener; Morlacchi; Lindland; Chair: Anna Rylander Eklund
Session Time Corridor 4: Friday, July 09, 16:00 to 19:00, Virtual Conference (EventsAir)
Keynote by Ed Freeman + Community Meeting
Break 1: 16:45 to 17:00
Break 2: 18:00 to 19:00
Chair: Frank Jan de Graaf, Line Revsbæk & Anna Rylander Eklund
16:00–16:45: Keynote by Prof. Ed Freeman: “Pragmatism as a Basis for Stakeholder Theory”
What has come to be called stakeholder theory can be viewed as developed on the philosophical ideas known as pragmatism, as well as several other philosophical traditions. Pragmatism in the more analytical sense refers to philosophers such as Dewey, Quine, Putnam, Bernstein, Rorty, Brandom, and others who may not identify with these pragmatists. The purpose of this talk will be to focus on Dewey and Rorty as exemplars of the pragmatist approach and its connection to stakeholder theory.

17:00–18:00: Community Meeting
What could be the next steps in organizing for a community of pragmatist organization scholars? Passing on the baton and sharing leads un upcoming events and initiatives.
Session Time Corridor 5: Saturday, July 10, 09:00 to 12:30, Virtual Conference (EventsAir)
Paper Session 9 + Closing Panel with Barbara Simpson & Philippe Lorino
Break 1: 10:30 to 11:00
Chair: Anna Rylander Eklund, Frank Jan de Graaf & Line Revsbæk
Eleunthia Wong Ellinger, Robert Gregory and John Almondoz
Self management as pragmatic organizing: the case of holacracy
Discussant(s): Philippe Lorino, Tracey Dodd
Philippe Lorino
Inclusive or exclusive governance: Do stakeholders hold stakes? Organizational governance as a trans-actional inquiry
Discussant(s): Tracey Dodd, Eleunthia Ellinger
Tracey Dodd
Organizing for rapid change: Maintaining risky and essential services through a pandemic
Discussant(s): Eleunthia Ellinger, Philippe Lorino
Julie Crawshaw
Eco_Logic/s: Adaptive experiments for cultural ecology
Discussant(s): Withdrawn
Ditte Thøgersen
Windows of Translation. The asynchronous translation of a professional paradigm into practice
Discussant(s): Withdrawn
09:00–10:30: Paper Session 9 – Governance, Change and Stakeholders:
Ellinger et al.; Lorino; Dodd; Chair: Frank Jan de Graaf

11:00–12:30: Closing Sub-theme Panel Discussion with Prof. Barbara Simpson & Prof. Philippe Lorino
Barbara and Philippe will each make a short comment on the sub-theme discussions after which all participants are invited to engage in reflections on the future of Pragmatist explorations in organization studies.